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Forrest Gump: 25th Anniversary 4K UHD Review

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The classic “Forrest Gump” gets a new 4K release in time for its 25th anniversary.

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you the plot of “Forrest Gump” at this point, but it chronicles the story of the titular mentally challenged man’s life from his childhood in the 50s to his eventual fatherhood in the 80s. Through that time period, we see Gump achieve extraordinary things, being involved in historical events, and meeting major figures such as Elvis and President Johnson. The movie also doubles as a love story between Forrest and Jenny (whom he has known since childhood)

Under less capable hands, “Forrest Gump” could have come off as as a saccharine disaster. Luckily, it had all the talent in the world and has become a classic 25 years later. From top to bottom, the movie hits all the right notes. Tom Hanks absolutely makes you buy into everything happening on screen with his performance in the title role. The legendary director Robert Zemeckis pulls it all together with such ease. Eric Roth’s sceenplay adaptation from the novel by Winston Groom is smooth, heartfelt and endlessly quotable. The other cast members including Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan), Robin Wright (Jenny) and Mykelti Williamson (Bubba) help create unforgettable characters. The soundtrack is filled with iconic songs and the hauntingly beautiful score by Alan Silvestri is forever ingrained in one’s memory. The FX are incredibly ahead of their time and still hold up today.

Now, I get that some people write this movie off as being absurd and as manipulative as can be and that the movie has been overplayed to the max and those are understandable points. However, as a piece of cinema, it works in what it sets out to do. At its heart this is an inspiring and ultimately sweet story about living your life and being capable of extraordinary things. In this cynical age, there’s something really refreshing about Forrest’s outlook and approach to life looking at it 25 years later. Additionally, I think the movie deserves more credit for telling such an overarching story through decades of time. It’s hard to encapsulate a character in a single film in a single time frame let alone a lifetime, but Eric Roth’s script makes it look effortless.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 2160p. How does it look? The Dolby Vision enhanced picture quality looks exquisite and colorful in some shots and bit flat and muted in others.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? From the great soundtrack to the equally great score, this Atmos track delivers.

Extras:
* 2 Blu-ray discs (which contain all the extras)
* Digital copy
* “Musical Signposts To History”- A pop-up mode that explores Gump’s soundtrack. There’s also a nearly 4 minute into to this extra.
* 2 commentary tracks. One by Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Rick Carter and the other by producer Wendy Finerman. The first track is the one to go with here as it has the most depth.
* “Greenbow Diary”- A 26 minute visual diary from the shooting locations (primarily in South Carolina and Georgia) complete with cast and crew interviews and set footage.
* “The Art Of Screenplay Adaptation”- A 27 minute extra about taking Winston Groom’s novel to the big screen.
* “Getting Past Impossible- Forrest Gump And The Visual Effects Revolution”- A featurette on the groundbreaking FX that contains behind-the-scenes footage at how scenes were accomplished and interviews.
* “Little Forrest”- An extra about the casting of young Forrest (Michael Conner Humphreys) that also features an interview with the actor.
* “An Evening With Forrest Gump”- A 55 minute Q& session with Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, and Eric Roth from a film festival.
* 2 “Forrest Gump” trailers
* 3 screen tests for Michael Conner Humphreys and Hanna R. Hall, 2 with Robin Wright and 2 with Haley Joel Osment.
* Self-explanatory featurettes- “The Make-Up Of Forrest Gump,” “Through The Ears Of Forrest Gump- Sound Design,” “Building The World Of Gump- Production Design,” “Seeing Is Believing- The Visual Effects of Forrest Gump.”

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June 8, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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